Paramount Pictures has hired Suicide Squad star Jared Leto to direct the period police thriller 77. This film marks the actor’s feature-length directorial debut. Leto has previously directed the documentary Artifact, which premiered and won an award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. He has also directed numerous music videos and commercials, but under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Therefore, Jared Leto is no stranger to being behind the camera, and if puts in as much effort as he does his other projects, this film will be a winner.
Leto will be using an original screenplay by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy that has been revised by Boardwalk Empire executive story editor David Matthews. The story is set in a politically-charged 1974 Los Angeles, centering around two police officers. They team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, while simultaneously investigating the brutal murder of a fellow officer. Relentless corruption and crime is uncovered along with a dark and violent conspiracy.
The film will be produced by writer/producer Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films. Leto is also producing along with executive producer Emma Ludbrook — the two will be working under their company Paradox.